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January 20, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletterJanuary 20, 2017, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter

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JANUARY 20, 2017 - VOL 19, ISSUE 3

Top Stories


BasicMed 'a big deal'

No topic has commanded the attention of the general aviation community like third class medical reform. Following the FAA's announcement of the new BasicMed rule that will provide many with an alternative to obtaining a medical certificate, members of the GA community shared reactions ranging from enthusiastic expressions of support to reawakened hopes of returning to the sky. Read more...  


AOPA Foundation focus

AV8RS scholarships awarded

Seven young people who are working toward goals in aviation have been named the 2016 award recipients of the AOPA AV8RS Scholarship Program. Read more...  


AOPA Live This Week

BasicMed enthusiasm; Speed from Cessna

Hop on board Cessna's speedy TTx, a composite piston single that can give the Cirrus SR22T a run for its money. Learn more about BasicMed, which has prompted a barrage of calls to the AOPA Pilot Information Center, and how this new alternative medical certification can help get you back in the air. Watch high school students learn science, technology, engineering, and math, and spark a passion for aviation as they build a Van's Aircraft RV with help from AOPA's You Can Fly initiative. Watch AOPA Live This Week®, Jan. 19...  

Technique and Safety



Keep those wings flying

Airframe icing disrupts airflow over the wing, reduces lift, and increases drag and angle of attack. The AOPA Air Safety Institute's It's a Drag Pilot Safety Announcement reminds pilots to keep an eye on weather conditions that can adversely affect an airplane's handling characteristics. Watch the video...  


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Winter escape: Can you make it?

If a trip to the sunny Bahamas sounds appealing this winter, test your IFR flight planning proficiency first with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's IFR Quiz: Winter Escape. Contemplating weather at your planned fuel stop, could you make it to the beach? Take the quiz...


AOPA Premier Partner created content

Trapped above the ice

Watch this chilling video of a pilot caught in an emergency—trapped above icy clouds at 13,000 feet in a light, single-engine piston aircraft with no ice protection. The entire event was captured on his GoPro camera. You'll see the series of events that led him there and the bold maneuver he used to escape. Watch this video provided by AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops...  



Pinch hitting a King Air

The AOPA Air Safety Institute's Real Pilot Story: Pinch Hitting a King Air examines how a pilot maintained composure in the face of an intimidating situation. Doug White—who had never flown anything larger than a Cessna 172—was suddenly forced to fly the Beechcraft King Air 200 in which he was a passenger when the King Air pilot became incapacitated. Watch the video...  




Pilots organize disaster teams

Here's the scenario: A powerful earthquake has struck Los Angeles, causing widespread devastation. The Pacific Coast Highway is closed to traffic, and I-405 and I-10 are impassable with collapsed overpasses blocking the roadways. Santa Monica Municipal Airport becomes a hub for disaster response relief teams. Read more...  



Super Bowl 51 flight procedures detailed

The FAA has published flight procedures that will be in effect in the Houston area for Super Bowl 51, which will be played Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Read more...  



FAA, industry work to make approach plates easier to understand

Instrument approach plates provide a wealth of information to enable pilots to fly approaches safely in instrument conditions, but sometimes the plates can be confusing. The FAA, general aviation associations, and the charting industry are working to update the plates to make it easier for pilots to know immediately what kind of navigation is required for the entire approach, or any segment. Read more...  



ADS-B requirement clarified for nonelectrical aircraft

A recently issued legal interpretation from the FAA's Office of the Chief Counsel has clarified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) requirements for operators of aircraft without electrical systems. The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out equipage after Jan. 1, 2020, for flight in airspace where a transponder is required today. Read more...  



Defining CACI

Just when you think the FAA has exhausted all possible acronyms, there's CACI, conditions AMEs can issue. CACIs are 16 conditions identified by the FAA that previously required approval from the Aerospace Medical Certification Division in Oklahoma City, but now can be dealt with by the aviation medical examiner at the time of the flight physical. Read more and see a list of the 16 conditions...


Pilot Protection Services

Managing the paper chase

If you've had an application for a medical certificate deferred to the FAA, you understand the importance of providing good documentation to support your application. AOPA Director of the Pilot Information Center's Medical Certification Section Gary Crump offers tips for dealing with the FAA. Read more...  




ADS-B satellites in orbit

The first 10 satellites carrying Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system are in orbit. Iridium Communications Inc. is replacing its satellite network with next-generation satellites, and Aireon's ADS-B payload is aboard the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. On Jan. 14, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket returned to space with the satellites, marking the company's first successful launch since a September 2016 launch-pad accident destroyed a rocket and its payload. Read more...  




Mechanic invents better tool tray

Aviation mechanics and aircraft owners have a new tool at their disposal, thanks to Tom Burden, a frustrated U.S. Air Force F-16 weapons mechanic. Burden told AOPA he grew "increasingly tired of my tools sliding off the aircraft when I needed them," so he spent nights and weekends in his basement for the better part of two years designing, manufacturing, and marketing a better tool tray. Read more...  




Red Bull races back to San Diego

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship schedule for 2017 announced Jan. 19 includes a return to San Diego for the first time in years. The season also will see fresh faces in the paddock, and a brand-new airplane for Matt Hall, one of the perennial title contenders. Read more...  



AOPA Aviation Finance

Why does an aircraft loan take longer than a car loan?

Often car buyers can be approved for a car loan in 10 to 20 minutes, so why can't a $45,000 airplane loan be that simple and fast? Airplane loans take one or two days to approve, and sometimes longer depending on the financial complexity and number of borrowers. Read more...  

News and Notes



Moonwalker Cernan dies

Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. "Gene" Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon and a passionate pilot who challenged the nation to continue exploring, died Jan. 16 at his home in Houston, surrounded by family. The 82-year-old was an AOPA member, and his death was announced by NASA, launching a wave of tributes and memorials. Read more...  



Cirrus delivery center opens

Cirrus Aircraft threw a party Jan. 12 for the grand opening of its Vision Center jet aircraft delivery facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. Read more...  


Member benefit

AOPA Group AD&D: No exclusions for today's pilots

AOPA Insurance Services has met with insurance companies to educate them about general aviation activities and the needs of AOPA members. The company has worked diligently to make sure the AOPA-sponsored Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plan does not have any general aviation exclusions. The coverage is available only to AOPA members. Read more...  

Career Opportunities


Aviation job board

Job of the week: Jetstream Aviation flight instructor

Jetstream Aviation in Boise, Idaho, is looking for a full-time flight instructor. This is an entry-level position that offers the opportunity to get second-in-command time in a King Air B200 and Phenom 100. Read the full job description and apply today!


AOPA career opportunities

Join the AOPA team

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a legal services plan attorney, accountant, graphic designer and digital asset manager, aviation event operations senior manager, flying clubs initiative director, travel and destination products director, insurance program administration manager, account executive, donor relations director, aviation technical specialist, aviation financial analyst, production specialist, and technical customer support. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Question of the Week


Where can I find information about what to expect if I ever experience a ramp check?


For information about ramp checks, see this AOPA online resource. It's important to note that being selected for a ramp check does not necessarily mean that you are doing something wrong—an inspector may do checks in the normal course of business during a visit to an airfield. A ramp check isn't something to worry about if you and your aircraft are prepared for it.

Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.


Education and Seminars

Flight Instructor Refresher Courses

Jan 21-22 - San Antonio, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Long Beach, California

Feb 11-12 - Fort Worth, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Kenner, Louisiana

Feb 18-19 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Lake Mary, Florida; and Sacramento, California

Feb 25-26 - Fairfax, Virginia; and Las Vegas, Nevada

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online. Can't make it in person? Sign up for the Air Safety Institute's Online eFIRC.

Air Safety Institute Safety Seminars

Jan 23 - Mesa, Arizona; and Van Nuys, California

Jan 24 - Tucson, Arizona; and Ontario, California

Jan 25 - Santa Ana, California

Jan 26 - Albuquerque, New Mexico; and San Diego, California

Topics vary—for details and a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.

Rusty Pilots Seminars

Jan 21 - Fort Worth, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; and Keene, New Hampshire

Jan 27 - Sebring, Florida

Jan 28 - Las Cruces, New Mexico; San Antonio, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; Bethany, Oklahoma; Seattle, Washington; and Greencastle, Indiana

Feb 4 - Hammond, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Friday Harbor, Washington; and Murrieta, California

For a complete schedule, see AOPA Online.


Aviation Calendar

Want something to do this weekend? Planning an aviation getaway? See AOPA's enhanced calendar of events. You can filter events by date range, airport ID, state, or region. Before you take off on an adventure, make sure you check our current aviation weather provided by Jeppesen.

To include an event or to search all events in the calendar, visit AOPA Online. For airport details, including FBO fuel prices, see AOPA Airports. AOPA does not endorse or assume responsibility for the events submitted and listed in the calendar.

ePilot Editors:

Alyssa Miller
Jim Moore
Dan Namowitz
David Tulis

Production Team:

Elizabeth Linares
Melissa Whitehouse


Mike Collins
Sarah Deener
Dave Hirschman
Tom Horne
Warren Morningstar
Jill W. Tallman
Ian J. Twombly
Julie Summers Walker

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